|Date of Report: Tuesday, 17th July 2018|
|Name: Edward Truter
Phone: 078 1141669
AMATOLA FLY FISHING CLUB (Stutterheim & Kingwilliamstown).
Gubu & Maden dams.
The Eastern Cape FFA held their trials at Gubu recently and were hit by some weird weather which made the fishing difficult in a dam which is known to have a good trout population. The total for the competition period was 39 rainbows and 5 browns which was much less than one would expect from this water. Lengths ranged from 39 cm to 48 cm.
On Saturday 3000 brown fingerlings will be released. As the initial stocking of browns of last year has done very well the club plans to build up the brown population as it is thought that the browns make use of the gobeys which are quite numerous in the dam.
There has been little fishing done in Maden but apparently there are some very large fish around.
For Gubu contact Edward Truter at Edward.email@example.com or 078 1141669 or alternatively Ryan Smith at 078 0199967. For Maden Dam it is Dean Stoltz of Target Line at 043 7265133 or go to the website at www.amatolaflyfishingclub.co.za.
Most of the visitors to this picturesque venue are hikers but there is some interesting trout fishing as well. The Cata River contains wild browns, small in the forested upper reaches but larger in the bottom section. The nearby Mnyameni Dam contains plenty of pan sized wild rainbows so light tackle is required for angling. For more go to http://www.cata.org.za/fly-fishing/.
This very productive water has been restocked now, both by Martin Davies and also by the owner, so give it another year or so and expect very good results. The dam has refilled after a period of very low water in a period of hot weather. Apparently, some fish survived the drought as a couple of large rainbows were taken recently.
A Gubu rainbow